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WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Liverpool, Manchester City, Norwich City, Birmingham City, Everton, Manchester United and Stoke City.

DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City will offer Barcelona lynchpin Xavi a massive final payday to end his career at Eastlands.

Liverpool’s owners are flying to Merseyside to finalise Kenny Dalglish’s coronation as full-time manager.

Cookery queen Delia Smith got carried away again when she swore in front of 40,000 football fans at a ceremony to celebrate Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League.

DAILY MAIL: FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the inquiry into the explosive allegations of corruption made against six members of his ruling committee completed in just three weeks. Also: Ben Foster has stunned Fabio Capello by making himself unavailable for England indefinitely.

DAILY STAR: England boss Fabio Capello has been left stunned by Ben Foster’s shock decision to quit international football. Also: Rio Ferdinand has warned Barcelona they will face the real Manchester United at Wembley.

THE SUN: Sunsport today exposes the blackest day in rugby league history that shames the name of the sport’s most famous trophy. Also: Paul Merson has claimed he was often injected with an unknown substance during his Arsenal career.

DAILY EXPRESS: England have been caught out by keeper Ben Foster’s surprise decision to take an indefinite break from international football and fear he has lost his appetite to challenge No.1 Joe Hart. Also: Manchester City are set to gazump Manchester United for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Carlos Tevez is fully fit and desperate to play in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Stoke but he may be forced to start the match on the bench. Also: Ben Foster has shocked Fabio Capello with the sudden announcement that he is quitting international football for “an indefinite period”.

THE TIMES: Manchester City are preparing to clear the decks this summer, with as many as 10 players likely to leave to help to finance a flurry of new signings that the club hope will deliver the Barclays Premier League title next season. Also: Tony Pulis has criticised the timing of Saturday’s FA Cup final, which places the biggest afternoon in Stoke City’s history in the shadow of Manchester United’s attempt to secure the Barclays Premier League title.

THE GUARDIAN: The European Union is to make reforming FIFA a “key priority” as pressure from governments around the world for a fundamental overhaul of world football’s governing body grew in the wake of fresh allegations of bribery and corruption during the World Cup bidding process. Also: Fabio Capello was caught off guard by Ben Foster’s decision to take an indefinite break from international football, with the England manager only learning of the goalkeeper’s plan via a statement issued on Birmingham City’s website.

THE INDEPENDENT: Carlos Tevez launched himself back into training yesterday with a performance which suggested he is a very strong contender for Manchester City’s FA Cup team, despite the latest evidence of a frayed relationship with the club’s manager, Roberto Mancini, on Tuesday night. Also: Tony Pulis insisted yesterday that the chasm in resources and expectations meant victory for his Stoke City side over Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday would represent the biggest FA Cup final upset since Wimbledon shocked Liverpool in 1988.